The Special Counsel Should Consider Trying Paul Manafort For Treason and Seek The Death Penalty.
A while back we wrote a post about some potential crimes that Donald Trump and his associates may have committed. We included information about a plausible case of treason for Paul Manafort. After his guilty plea we thought that the point was moot, since he was cooperating.
It was recently revealed that Manafort lied to prosecutors and sought to spy on investigators. In light of the revelation, we decided to revisit the treason case. In 2005 Manafort on orders from Oleg Deripaska, a Russian Oligarch, worked to have the Kyrgyzstan government shut down a US military base that was actively used for the war in Afghanistan. They provided aid and comfort to Al Qaeda who was and still is an enemy of the United States by seeking to have US military operations shut down. That meets the Constitutional and statutory definitions of treason. Treason is punishable death and if he were charged and convicted Manafort could receive the death penalty in light of his other criminal conduct.
If you were trying to pressure Manafort into talking, this might just be the case to use. It combines a threat of execution along with making it nearly politically impossible for Trump to get away with a pardon, since it involves Al Qaeda. If prosecutors indict him for treason and seek the death penalty, Paul Manafort might just start telling the truth. Besides, deep down Paul Manafort has to know, that Trump would like it better if he was already dead.